Safety in Hafjell Bike Park
Mountain biking is an activity that is associated with some risk of injury. In Hafjell Bike Park, we spend a lot of time on safety work so that you as a guest with us will have a safe and good experience with us.
Mountain biking is a broad concept that includes everything from downhill cycling to cycling to school on a gravel road, so it is up to each individual to make a risk assessment adapted to their skill level, for the cycling to be practiced at each moment.
We define our bike park as all the trails that are within the alpine center area. This means all the trails that are marked and signposted as slopes on our TRAIL MAPS, and we have our own guidelines and rules for cycling in our park. For cycling outside our facility, we encourage you to follow NOTS's bike rules, which are located at the bottom of this page.
For your own safety, please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines:
BICYCLE RULES IN HAFJELL BIKE PARK
1. ALL CYCLING IS AT YOUR OWN RISK
2. GET TO KNOW the equipment and trail first, always take it easy the first trip so that you do not get unpleasant surprises
3. ADJUST THE SPEED So that you do not endanger yourself or others, adjust according to skill, conditions and the difficulty of the track.
4. YIELD DUTY A cyclist coming from behind is responsible for avoiding a collision, overtaking on trails is not allowed.
5. CAREFULLY CROSS When riding into or crossing a trail
6. DO NOT STOP ON THE TRAIL Never stop under hanging edges, jumps or other non clear places. Cyclists on foot on the way up must always stay off the trail.
7. CHECK THE EQUIPMENT The bicycle must be in good condition. Always check that the brakes, dampers and wheels are in good condition.
8. RESPECT SIGNS Follow signs, markings and instructions. Improper riding can lead to a confiscated lift pass.
9. HELMET REQUIRED Full face helmet is strongly recommended. Other safety equipment is also recommended.
10. HELP OUT IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT In the event of injuries, everyone has a duty to help. Witnesses and participants are obliged to state personal information.
11. AVOID UNNECESSARY WEAR Avoid locking the rear wheel in turns and steep slopes, it wears out unnecessarily much on both bikes and trails.
GUIDLINES FOR OUR PUMPTRACK
- HELMET is always required in the pump track, no matter what equipment you use.
- Keep your eyes peeled and watch carefully to avoid a collision.
- The pump track is not directional, if you meet others, slow down and keep to the right.
- Bicycles have priority in the pump track, skateboard, scooters and other equipment without brakes should not be used when there are others in the pump track.
- Running and other games in the pump track is not allowed when people cycle there.
OTHER RULES AND GUIDELINES
- Cycling in our downhill trails is not recommended for children under 8 years
- Cycling in our downhill trails with small children on a fixed bicycle seat is NOT allowed.
- Loose dogs in the facility are not allowed, leashes also apply to us.
- We do not want to see dogs roped near our common areas. From experience, it can lead to embarrassment for our other guests.
TRAIL GRADING FOR DOWNHILL BIKING
Our bicycle trails within the lift system are defined as downhill trails
● Green trails are suitable for all skill levels. We recommend all beginners to start cycling on a green trail before going to the blue. On green trails you do not encounter any scary obstacles, but can easily roll on wide machine-built paths or gravel roads.
● Blue trails are a little harder than the green ones, but are also manageable for beginners. Our blue trails are wide, machine-built trails with comfortable burms, small plateau jumps and other fun elements.
● Red trails are narrower and / or steeper than the blue trails, and are suitable for more experienced cyclists. Here you will find more rocks and roots, as well as bigger challenges such as jumps and drops of a slightly greater degree of difficulty than what you find in blue trails.
● Black trails are very demanding, and should only be ridden by those who have very good cycling skills. Here you will find large rocks, roots, large jumps with gaps, drops, technical sections and very steep descents.
BIKES AND EQUIPMENT
In our Bikepark for lift-based cycling, we only recommend the use of full suspension mountain bikes with good disc brakes. For pumptrack cycling and trail cycling, of course, all other types of bicycles can be used. Our rental bikes within each category are of the highest standard from Scott. Helmets and protective equipment are always included in our rental prices.
"Ordinary" mountain bikes, children's bikes, and the like are not recommended on the facility's downhill slopes.
In addition, the use of the following equipment is recommended when cycling in Hafjell Bike Park:
HELMET is always mandatory in all our trails, FULL FACE HELMET is mandatory in red and black trails.
Glasses / Goggles
If you do not have access to all this equipment, it is possible to rent in our bike rental, or buy from Hafjell Sport, which is located right next to the bike rental and at Favn or Gaiastova.
Hafjell Bike Park always has a dedicated bicycle patrol available during our opening hours, ready to help if the accident should occur. Our bicycle patrols are skilled professionals who stand by every day for your and our safety.
The phone number to the bicycle patrol is +47 40 40 15 00, you may want to save it on your phone when you read this, so you have it available if you need it;)
When cycling on paths other than our downhill trails, we advise you to follow the Norwegian Organization for Mountain Biking's guidelines:
- Be caring and pleasant when meeting hikers.
- You always have a duty to give way to hikers.
- Limit your speed so that you are not a danger or inconvenience to others, especially along roads and paths that invite high speeds, or in non clear sections.
- Brake down to walking speed well before passing others on a narrow path.
- Do not make new tracks, if you do not have the skills to overcome an obstacle, get off the bike instead.
- Avoid cycling on particularly vulnerable trails just after periods of heavy rainfall.
- Do not widen the path by cycling around ponds or obstacles.
- Carry the bike through marsh areas so that no deep tracks are formed.
- Do not lock the rear wheel on steep downhills.
- If two cyclists meet on a hill, the cyclist going downhill to stop if necessary.